European international locations on Monday celebrated the victory over Nazism 77 years in the past however there may be nonetheless no signal of victory for both facet in Vladimir Putin’s barbaric warfare towards Ukraine.
In his speech to the annual Victory Day commemoration on Red Square in Moscow, the Russian dictator was utterly unrepentant.
He repeated the lies he has been spouting since he began the warfare on February 24, claiming that Ukraine had been taken over by neo-Nazis and he had no selection however to launch a pre-emptive assault to cease them. “You might be preventing for the homeland, for its future, for nobody to neglect the teachings of World Struggle II,” Putin instructed Russians.
Given Putin’s atrocities, it’s tempting to hope that this warfare will finish in the identical method as Adolf Hitler’s evil warfare with the entire destruction of Putin’s regime.
Some observers speculate that Putin is unwell (he sat with a blanket on his lap whereas he watched the navy parade) and his grip on energy is slipping.
Nobody can see contained in the Kremlin and that’s in all probability wishful pondering. There isn’t a signal that Russia is about to break down.
What is evident is that Putin’s warfare goes badly. A month in the past, after Putin deserted his assault on the capital Kyiv, he launched a blow towards Ukraine’s southern flank. Three weeks in, Ukraine, which has now been armed with Western heavy weapons, together with howitzers and Bushmaster preventing automobiles from Australia, appears to have slowed the assault to a crawl.
In his speech, Putin acknowledged the large casualties Russia is struggling. He additionally opted towards escalation of what he has known as “a particular navy operation” into a proper warfare which might have allowed a common mobilisation of grownup males.
As an alternative, he appears decided to press on with an indecisive warfare of attrition.
This raises the query of when – and the way – this pointless warfare can finish.